PDS and RTI International Collaboration

With funding support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Project Data Sphere® (PDS) and RTI International have collaborated to enhance the analytical utility of selected data sets hosted on the PDS platform. Based on Patient Reported Outcomes data , RTI identified likely corresponding socio-demographic, access, health, and healthcare related variables.  These variables include:

  • Socio-demographic factors: Age, race/ethnicity, sex, marital status, employment status, education level, income level
  • Access related factors: Insurance coverage, ability to obtain necessary medical care
  • Health related: Health status, work limitations, smoker status
  • Healthcare related: Office based physician visits, in-patient stays, ER visits, Rx purchases, total expenditures

You may view background information about each data set without logging in; to view and download the dataset you must login or apply for access to the platform. Supporting documents with additional information have been provided for each data set. 

To learn more about RTI’s work, lead researcher Steven B. Cohen has published several articles. The latest appeared in Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications in December 2020.